During the last few months we have presented on this site and on our Facebook page concept sketches and background for eight warships belonging to the battle fleets of the Vampire Red Realms and to the Nadvidian Realm of the Frost Dead, just two of the many domains and races of GRAVETIDES, the grim fantasy world we are developing and that will be the backdrop of our future proposals.

It took more time than we would have liked, but Real Life™ did its best to prevent us from following the schedule we had in mind.

All the above notwithstanding we are now ready to ask for your help in deciding which of the two war fleets will be the first to see the light as actual models.

Your responses will help us not only to choose which warships will challenge our digital sculpting skills but also to have a measure of the general interest around our little project and its possible developments.

The background of many more war fleets has already been written and the GRAVETIDES rules have been subjected to a lot of changes and their continuous reworking seems to have found an actual end (would you like to read a beta?).

When the new fleet will be sculpted to a satisfactory standard we’d like to launch a new Kickstarter for its release hoping it will be a good success as it was for our first offering (thank you all again for that!).

Progresses will be reported here and on Facebook.

So please vote using the widget below this post or on the pool posted on our Facebook page ( for your ‘favorite’ war fleet choosing between the terrifying warships of the sadistic Blood Sycophants vampires or the unnaturally freezing coldness of the fleet of the Nadvidian Frost Dead.

We’ll let this pool run for while and when the trend will be clear we will know which will be the next GRAVETIDES war fleet to be sculpted.

As always, comments and suggestions are heartily welcome.

Help us create a new world!

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A floating weapon

The Hailstone Mortar is the only squadron ship of the Frost Dead war fleet, created by the Necromages of Nadividia to make up for the short range of the other magical weapons on board of the other major vessels.

When not succumbing to inaccuracies or other erratic behaviours, a small formation of Hailstone Mortars can wreck havoc among enemy fleets as not as many other foes of the GRAVETIDES world are capable of.

Ice winds of death

The new entry in the Nadvidian fleet is the highly magical Stormbarge whose movement and offensive power are directly sourced by a Frost Necromagage hosted in the very heart of this bizarre vessel.

Enemy vessels blasted by the gust of frozen air projected by the Stormbarge are violently crashed one into the other, as their crews are decimated by the freezing cold that sweeps the decks of these unfortunate warships.

Lights in the mist

The Frozen Galley is permanently engulfed by a mist that coalesce around its frost encrusted shape ending with two high bow and stern ice formations that radiate a characteristic pale light that may remain visible in the distance even trough the dense fog coils.

As the main independent warship of the Nadvidian fleet the sight of these vessels is the vanguard of the arrival of a Glacier Fortress and its accompanying swarm of lesser squadron vessels.


The Necrorealm of Nadvidia is the home of a strain of undead whose unlife is preserved by a monstrous spell, known as ‘The Frostbite’, that keeps everything within the border of the realm and beyond at freezing temperatures.

The warships of Nadvidia are in good part constructed out of pure ice preserved by the power of the Frostbite that the presence of Frost Sorcerers on board channels to fuel the movement and the weapons of the Frost Dead vessels.

Capable of turning instantly into ice the very water of the sea they navigate these pale vessels are an eerie sight capable of literally chilling the spine of even the most seasoned crews.

The final menace

The final war ship of the Blood Sycophants fleet appears on the misty horizon.

The Persecutors sail in squadrons flanking in battle the Thorns Cathedral, striking at the enemy vessels that will be assaulted by the vampire on board of the admiral vessel.

The weapons of these lethal war ships are so powerful that lesser enemy ships may even sink under the combined fire of Persecutors, much to the dismay of the vampires that see the slaughtering they were patiently craving disappear into the deep of the waters.

The Red Fleet expands…

A new ship, the horrific Oppressor, has been added to the war fleet of the Blood Sycophants.

This Independent vessel is a floating sacrificial altar that carries into its bowels its own sacrifices.

From the top of the aft castle of the Oppressor a cabal of sorcerers spill the blood of these unfortunate victims to cast Blood Spells that can be as devastating any other conventional weapon.

The huge harpax carried by the warship ensures that there will always be enough prisoners to fill the ranks of vampire spell casting material.

Keep sailing your fleets!

I never drink…wine

We’re finally back to posting after a long hiatus with the first concepts for the fleet of the Blood Sycophants, the vampires of the GRAVETIDES world.

The aggressive nature of this bloodthirsty monsters is reflected by their warships built to serve as floating platforms for small armies ready to engage the enemy in violent boarding actions in which the vampires excel for ferocity and swift execution.

The Admiral Sycophants flagship, known as ‘The Thorns Cathedral’ for the spiked branches (a recurrent theme in the vampire culture) that adorns its hull, brings in battle the biggest boarding bridge ever devised, capable of grappling even the biggest enemy ships.

‘The Tormentor’, another assault ship of smaller proportions, carries one of the most powerful magic item devised by the Sycophants, an icon of suffering and bloodletting whose creation has costed the life of innumerable enemies.

We hope you enjoy this new entry, and please, do not refrain from posting comments, suggestions and constructive criticisms, they are essential to understand if we are pressing the right buttons!

Other warships of the Blood Sycophants fleet and the flyers that complements it are in development and will follow in a future post.

Keep sailing your fleets!

That is not dead…


Just a quick post to let you know that, yes, we are still alive and work of the GRAVETIDES project is actually continuing.

In these few months concepts for new  fleets have been drafted, rules have been further developed (just a few hours of play testing can change a lot) and some ship designs have been sketched, but work overload on our everyday jobs and attending the digital sculpting course have drained almost all our time preventing us to prepare something we really thought to be worth to show you.

No obstacles notwithstanding we expect to be able to do some proper posts in the course of the next month taking firstly a look at the warships of the Blood Sycophants, the sadistic vampires of the GRAVETIDES world.

In the meantime we wish you the very best for the Holidays of this last tract of  2018 that we will certainly remember for being the one in which our first Kickstarter (we are saying ‘first’ because we do hope to make some more) allowed us to let know our work beyond the four walls of our playroom reaching you all “in the wild”.

Keep watching this space!

Happy New Year and keep sailing your fleets !

Res In Aere

The mother of invention

Welcome to the first post of the GRAVETIDES blog!

This site has been created to be both a development diary and a feedback collector for GRAVETIDES, a hobby project about wargaming with fantasy model ships that has kept us entertained for a long time and that we are now trying to evolve into something more.

After a successful Kickstarter for our first war fleet, an interpretation of the undead fleet that was lost in action in the range of the most famous naval fantasy wargame of all times, we are now trying to invest this positive result to further develop our project, creating new fleets and finalizing a first draft of the wargaming rules that accompanies them.

First of all a slice of the earnings of the Kickstarter have already been invested in an advanced digital sculpting course (ZBrush) that will hopefully allow us to be faster in creating better miniatures.

Our undead fleet was entirely sculpted by hand in the ‘old school’ spirit that permeates our project with results that our pledgers and other people around the web had seemed to appreciate.

Said that, we have realized that to be more productive we need to go digital, acquiring a skill that we have always wanted to learn, thanks to the generosity of our pledgers who we will never be able to thank enough.

The ZBursh course have already started and it will finish by the end of January giving us time to push forward ideas for new fleets and to have a go at rules playtesting.

The plan is to publish on this site descriptions, sketches and other stuff like background and narratives on new warships and fleets and to disclose snippets of our GRAVETIDES rules, with the intention of both spreading our work and gathering comments and hints from people out there interested in what we’re doing.

The final target is to launch a new Kickstarter in the course of the 2019 with the offerings we will anticipate here.

As we are just two enthusiastic guys trying to push our passion ‘beyond’, we are unable to (now) have a reliable schedule but we will be doing all our best to make GRAVETIDES a continuing project that other hobby enthusiasts may appreciate.

So have a look a the site, read about GRAVETIDES, its dying world and the warships that roam its haunted seas, and leave your comments and impressions.

Hope to see you here again soon!

Res In Aere